Queensland communities hit by Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath are well on their way to recovery as the Australian and state governments have committed $14.7 million of additional disaster assistance.
The $14.7 million community recovery fund will be jointly funded by the two governments under Category C of the Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, according to a joint statement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“This assistance is being provided through the jointly funded NDRRA in the local government areas of Gold Coast, Isaac, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim and Whitsunday to address their medium to long term recovery needs,” Turnbull said.
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“The Australian and Queensland Governments will continue to work together to ensure affected communities receive the support and assistance they need to recover during this difficult time.”
The Queensland premier said the cyclone wrought widespread damage to infrastructure, essential services and housing across these communities.
“While progress has been made in relation to infrastructure recovery and rebuilding works, these communities are still facing ongoing hardship and disruption to normal community life,” she said.
“The Community Recovery Fund will support initiatives and projects aimed at restoring social networks and building community resilience and capacity for the future.”
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